Tuesday, April 12, 2011

burning eyes.

Its been a long evening in the MDC cutting and pasting files and footage together for the first draft! It's a lot of Generation Me statistics, where we've come from, and what the outcome has become. I got some sweet shots that depict how the generation views itself. Always shaped by how we're perceived. Less than a week before the draft is due! Can't wait for you all to see it and hear some feedback!

Annd! Haha! I guess I have gone through a lot of transformation as this class continues to open my eyes to how we're shaped by media, and how we shape media to shape ourselves. I got rid of facebook for this reason. Tired of the false sense of connectivity and authenticity when all we do is make ourselves who we want to be. Untagging bad pictures. Not only that but ruining the idea of living in the moment. Always thinking about our thoughts and how we can cleverly deliver them once we get back to our computer screens. Always worried about how you look when a cameras around in case they tag you before you get to see it. Its an interesting journey without it.. Rediscovering a more pure identity with out the medium. Along with this, I stopped carrying my phone around. Not having to worry about checking it. Always wondering if they responded *yet. They can wait. Or leave a message. I'm tired of always being available and for fleeting things eating away my time and energy...

Generation Breaking Free.



  1. Lindsey,

    I think with our immersion in digital media it is a matter of balance. When we experience the symptoms you describe (and anyone who is immersed does experience them) it's time to do a reality check. It's good that you are aware that it is happening.

    I've been on a Facebook sabbatical for the past several weeks. I still feel the urge every now and then to see what everyone else is up to. Mixed in with some "inauthentic connections" are very real, very meaningful connections with people I care deeply about, so I do plan to return to Facebook soon. I may spend a bit of time pruning my friend list, but probably not. It's a powerful tool, and I think we are miles ahead if we are purposeful and aware of whether we are controlling it or it is controlling us.

  2. I'm not sure I could ever delete my facebook. Mainly because it's like free storage. I store memories of times I lived in the moment (my hard drive crashed once and I was SOOOO glad I had all my pictures on fb). I agree with Bill. It's definitely a balance thing. If you look through my pictures you can find some pretty embarrassing pictures of me, but I don't care. That is me, I make stupid faces, look like a hot mess and just... live. I have gone days without even thinking to log on to any thing really. I know living last summer more or less without a cell phone or internet connection really helped me find that balance. So I hope you can find yours too :)

  3. Lindsey....YEEEESSS. Breaking Free.

  4. @Billgx "I think we are miles ahead if we are purposeful and aware of whether we are controlling it or it is controlling us" I'd argue that perhaps we have little control over such a dichotomy. It is hard for the blob of humanity to think in Meta. Facebook and Twitter think in Meta for us. It synthesizes our feelings, our inklings, are subtleties en masse. The things we hide. The things we try to hide. Those subtleties get inserted into the machine. Those subtleties are synthesized and interpreted by the minds of the makers (of Facebook, etc.). I argue we have little control...

  5. I understand facebook. And I know there are great aspects of it. Free storage, connection over long distance, and just plain entertainment. The only thing is that my "desease" is deeper than finding treatment for symptoms. It lies more in conviction. Not being conformed [with: the habitus, as comprising everything in a person which strikes the senses, the figure, bearing, discourse, actions, manner of life etc.] to the pattern of the world. I am not sure there IS balance in conformity. You either are or you aren't. The thing is, I can't say that I won't use facebook again, because I might need to. It's about timing, attitude, focus. It's just what has to happen now until otherwise led. And that's life.